Elderflower Bee's Knees

Elderflower Bee’s Knees

Hi friends! How are you doing today? With everything that’s been doing on, I thought you might be in need of a cocktail. Y’know, since we’re all hunkered down, waiting for either the world or the COVID-19 pandemic to end. Obviously I can’t partake. Luckily, I’d crafted this beauty months ago for an Instagram collab, so it’s tried and true! This pretty little drink is basically my take on the bee’s knees. If you weren’t aware, that’s a prohibition era cocktail made with bathtub gin, lemon, and honey syrup. The latter two ingredients are there to mask the foul taste of the first, and mask it they do! Fortunately, gin’s come a long way since the roaring twenties. So this ends up being quite tasty instead of just, well, drinkable.

In addition to upped gin quality, though, I’ve added a bit of elderflower liquor and some raspberries into the mix! Those are two of my favorite ingredients, so I like to sneak them in whenever possible. And y’know what? More often than not, it works like a charm. Another wonderful thing about this cocktail is that its ingredients are fairly common. If you’ve got a well stocked bar cart and/or a penchant for elderflower, you likely have them all already! Which is great, because ain’t nobody tryina go to the store right now.


Elderflower Bee’s Knees

Servings 1 drink


  • 1/2 cup Honey (Don't worry – this isn't all going into one cocktail. But it'd be hard to make just one cocktail's worth of honey syrup!)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 oz Elderflower Liquor
  • Raspberries (to garnish)
  • Ice


  • Combine the honey and water in a small pot and cook over medium heat, whisking until fully combined. Remove from heat, and set aside to cool. This'll be your honey syrup!
  • Shake 1 oz of honey syrup, along with 2 oz gin, 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice, and 1 oz elderflower liquor with ice. Pour them into your cutest coupe glasses and garnish with a raspberry (or several)

And that’s it! I hope you love this cocktail. But above all, I hope you’re safe and healthy during this absolutely wild time. If you give this elderflower bee’s knees a try, I’d love it if you’d let me know what you think in the comments or on Instagram! I always like hearing from and chatting with you.

Need more drink ideas?

If you’re looking for other cocktails to sip on while you’re stuck at home, try this hot buttered rum with apple cider! I know it’s not really the season for it, but it’s soooo good. Or if alcohol isn’t your thing, I actually have a mocktail version of this elderflower bee’s knees.

4 thoughts on “Elderflower Bee’s Knees”

  1. Really liked this one, scaled down everything to 3/4 oz (except gin which I kept 2 oz) and saved room for an egg white. Turned out fabulous! thank you for this rec! Hendricks really balances out the elderflower.

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you liked it! Love the idea of adding egg white. I bet that was a foamy delight 🙂

  2. Thanks for this great recipe! I was looking for a way to use some Irish Mist Honey Liquer (Whiskey) and this was a perfect fit! I scaled everything down to 3/4 and replaced the honey syrup with Irish Mist. Super delicious!

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